Thanks to the loyal support of our school community, Cold Spring continues to inspire collaboration, pique curiosity, and encourage empathy among its students. Our families are unselfish with gifts of time, talent, and financial contributions. There is a wide range of resources that our community has to share and we like to emphasize that all support is deeply appreciated! This sense of common purpose fuels our community spirit and we are truly grateful for your generosity.

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Beth Poole, Director of Development

The Cold Spring Fund

As an independent school, Cold Spring relies on contributions from families, alumni, and friends to ensure financial stability, carry out its mission, and achieve its goals. Philanthropy is an integral component of our school culture and a community effort that we encourage every family to support.

The Cold Spring Fund is an annual appeal for donations that is typical in independent schools and non-profit organizations. Dollars raised are unique in that they directly impact the school’s operating budget for the year in which they are given. We rely on unrestricted annual giving to build a sustainable and reliable source of revenue that helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating a student.

Every gift, regardless of size, is meaningful. Your gift to the Fund helps maintain the qualities that define a Cold Spring School education — teachers, programs, field trips, guest speakers, faculty development, and of course, financial aid.

All donations are fully tax-deductible and deeply appreciated.

Ways to Give


Thank you for supporting Cold Spring School.  Your gift helps fulfill our commitment to fostering socioeconomic diversity, programmatic innovation, and joyful learning.

Making a gift online is fast, easy and secure. Click on the button below to make your gift today.




Please make checks payable to Cold Spring School and mail to:

Cold Spring Fund, 263 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06513


To facilitate a stock transfer, please contact James Venditti of Citizen’s Bank at (203) 228-0970. Please also call Beth Poole at (203) 787-1584 to confirm your transaction.


Many corporations will match a gift made by an employee or their spouse. Please contact your employer’s Human Resource department to find out if your company offers a matching gift program.

Other Ways to Give


Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Register your Stop & Shop card online at in the section marked “For Customers” and Cold Spring School will earn cash for every dollar you spend on groceries between October and March. In past years we’ve received close to $2,000 through this program!


Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Cold Spring School whenever you shop through AmazonSmile. It is a simple way for you to support the school every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Visit and log in to your account. Then search for Cold Spring School to select us as your designated organization.


We are always looking for volunteers to assist with our community events throughout the year. Some traditions like the book fair may only need a few extra pairs of hands, while major fundraisers like the Spring Benefit will require a dedicated committee of planners. Any amount of time you can contribute is a gift.

Contact Beth at for more details on how you can help.


Frequently Asked Questions


What does Development mean and what does the Director of Development do?

Development is the process of establishing, nurturing, and developing relationships with the intended purpose of creating long-term supporters of the School’s mission. These relationships are crucial in helping the school achieve its goals. It is the role of the Development Director to educate members of the Cold Spring community about the values and culture of our school, and allow for frequent and meaningful volunteer and giving opportunities.

How are Cold Spring Fund dollars spent?

Money raised through the annual Cold Spring Fund campaign is spent on budgeted items throughout the school year. In general, those donations guarantee that we are able to provide program and classroom materials, meaningful learning experiences, activities and field trips, arts and enrichment programs, maintenance of the buildings and grounds, as well as staff retention through competitive salaries and benefits, professional development.

Who gives to the Cold Spring Fund?

All members of the Cold Spring School community are invited to participate in the Fund. Contributions are wide ranging, from the $10 gift made by a young alumna/us to hundreds and even thousands of dollars from current families, grandparents, and parents of Cold Spring School graduates.

I can’t give a large gift. Does my support still matter?

Yes! Every family’s support is truly valued and appreciated. Your gift, regardless of the amount, will provide additional resources and will often serve to encourage others to make gifts. Everyone is asked to give generously and an appropriate gift is one in proportion to your ability to give.

Why is participation percentage important?

Strong participation in the Cold Spring Fund is an important way for us to demonstrate to others in our community and to prospective families the commitment and dedication of our families, alumni, faculty and friends to the School and our students. We aim for 100% participation. In fact, foundations and corporations awarding grants to educational institutions often look at the level of parent, alumnae/i, and community participation in the School’s annual giving campaigns.

What is the difference between the Cold Spring Fund and a Capital Campaign?

The Cold Spring Fund is designed to help cover the current year’s anticipated operational expenses. Contributions to the Fund have direct and immediate impact on the year in which they are made. Capital Campaigns are conducted periodically to provide significant funds for growth, such as construction and renovation of facilities, endowment and other special purposes.

2016-2017 Cold Spring School Annual Report

Events & Celebrations


The Jog-a-Thon is a Cold Spring School tradition where children, teachers, alumni, parents and four legged friends (on leashes!) jog around Criscuolo Park to raise money for our school and students. *It’s not yet clear how the Jog-a-Thon will look this year… will it be rescheduled to the fall or will we celebrate virtually? We are working hard to figure out the plan and will share more details soon.

This beloved event empowers children to take an active role in supporting their school community, literally! Each student is tasked with finding sponsors who will pledge a certain amount of money for each lap jogged. More details to come!

We’re also holding a “Sweats Fundraiser” with all proceeds going to supporting Cold Spring School’s financial aid program. Get your sweatpants (and more) here but hurry because ordering ends on April 29, 2020.

Order your t-shirts now!
All Cold Spring students will receive one shirt to wear during the Jog-a-Thon (whenever it takes place). This year there are two colors to choose from. Additional shirts can be purchased for $16 each. ALL orders must be received by May 1st and we will have a very limited supply of extras. Get your child’s order in early!


We encourage current families to take our 100% challenge and contribute to the Cold Spring Fund before the 100th day of school, typically in mid-February. Such an achievement reflects the strength of our school and the solidarity of our community. If you wish to contribute, you can do so by using the button below.